7 OCTOBER 2017
IWSC: PETIT LE MANS, ROAD ATLANTA
Circuit length: 2.54 miles (4.088km)
2016 winners: John Pew/Ozz Negri/Olivier Pla (Ligier-Honda)
- Situated just north of Braselton in Georgia, Road Atlanta was constructed in just six months in time to hold a Can-Am race in 1970. Tony Dean won the race after fellow British racer Vic Elford had claimed pole position.
- After several changes of ownership, it was purchased in 1996 by Don Panoz, who redeveloped the circuit and brought it up to FIA standards for international racing.
- Petit Le Mans was first run in 1998, and became part of the inaugural American Le Mans Series season a year later and would go on to also be part of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, the predecessor to WEC. It is now part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
- The race previously covered a maximum of 1000 miles or 10 hours, whichever came first, but since 2014 the race lasts for 10 hours irrespective of distance.
- Frenchman Stephane Sarrazin set the lap record of 1m06.242s in 2008 driving for Peugeot.
ALEX'S TRACK VIEW
Petit Le Mans is another of the big sportscar races in the USA. The Esses at the start of the lap are a key feature and there's also a fast, downhill right-hander at the end of the lap. A well-known, very challenging circuit.